Locking Parklands voted a favourite amongst first time buyers in the UK

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By LucieSissone | Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 10:31

Locking Parklands, the mixed-use

development built on the former RAF Locking site in Weston-super-Mare, has been

named as one of the top sites in the UK for those searching for their first



Built by St. Modwen Homes, the

residential arm of St. Modwen, the UK's leading regeneration specialist,

Locking Parklands has been shortlisted in the Best Large Development category for

the national First Time Buyer Awards; an awards programme that recognises those

housing developments and housebuilders that aim to make purchasing a first home



Locking Parklands has proven a

resounding success with first time buyers – particularly those currently living

locally to Weston-super-Mare – with more than 50 per cent of the homes sold so

far at the development bought by those moving into their first home. What's

more 95 per cent of these first time buyers have benefitted from using one of

the purchaser schemes made available by St. Modwen Homes.


Neil Simpson, sales and marketing

director at St. Modwen Homes said: "First time buyers have faced a real

struggle since the property market crashed in 2007 and even recent statistics

show that it will take many people looking to buy their first home a decade to

save the required deposit. For a healthy property market to exist we need to

encourage purchases at all levels of the property ladder and we have ensured that

this has remained a real focus for St. Modwen Homes. As a company we have

launched a number of schemes aimed at making life easier for first time buyers,

for example our equity loan scheme FirstStep requires a deposit of just five

per cent which is 75 per cent less that the national average.


"To have been shortlisted for the

national First Time Buyers Awards is a fantastic achievement for Locking Parklands

and to know that it is being voted for by the general public is even more



The properties at Locking Parklands are

aimed at those on all stages of the property ladder but in the first phase of

the development, The Parkside, particular focus was given to designing homes

suited to first time buyers, taking into account sustainability, design and affordability.

The upcoming phase, The Meadows, will also boast a range of properties designed

with first time buyers in mind.


Just one year old, Locking Parklands

has already been named the third best residential development in the UK in the national

What House Awards (November 2012). The award was given in recognition of the

original house designs and attractive streetscapes at Locking Parklands which

set the site apart from other new build developments across the country.


The First Time Buyer Awards are voted

for by the general public. Those wishing to vote for Locking Parklands in the

Best Large Development category can do so by completing the online form at http://www.ftbawards.com/voting-poll.html


Currently available for sale at Locking

Parklands is a selection of three and four bedroom homes from £219,500, and the

next phase is due to be released for sale next month, offering one, two, three

and four bedroom homes and apartments from £129,995.


The development boasts good road access to the

M5 and A371 and is just a short ten minute drive to the beach and Weston-super-Mare

town centre. The Locking Parklands marketing suite, located on Farnborough Road

off the A371, is open for visitors seven days a week between 10am and 6pm. For

further information please call the St. Modwen Homes sales team on 0844 243

4848 or visit www.lockingparklands.co.uk



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